Saturday, November 13, 2004

Summertime and the Livin' is Easy

Hello to all in the US- and elsewhere in the world! Well, as title suggests- it is summer in Nigeria. I must be crazy CHOOSING to go from summer in Texas straight to summer in Nigeria. LOL. Please- if you comment on this post don't mention how Fall is coming. I can imagine it very well wrote this little story for a few friends, and I thought I'd share it with all- The Day Aunty trekked I’ve been trying to convince my students to take me to the local market ever since I’ve been here. What is the reply? “No Aunty, the sun is too much, it will be beating you.” “No Aunty, there is a hill, it will be too much for you.” “No Aunty, it is too far for you to trek.” Then the other day I was telling stories about what I did for fun when I was their age. I talked about back packing in the mountains in New Mexico. I told them about how we’d be gone for 3 days at a time, hiking 10 miles a day. I described the feeling of standing on top of a mountain you’d set your mind to climbing. The next day the strangest thing happened. They asked me to go to the market. I guess they figured I could make the trek after all. We had only been walking half an hour when it started pouring. Rain in Africa is really something else. It comes down in huge drops, and then sheets. Oh my goodness, they said, “Oh Aunty- you need an umbrella; you’ll be cold!” I assured them that it was impossible for me to be cold in Africa. As we started to get near the market I heard the now familiar cry, “Unya Ocha!” (white lady!) The kids told me to answer them, “Unya Ogee” (black lady/man). All the people in the market got the biggest kick out of that. The white lady speaking Igbo, and even making a joke! We walked all through the market in the pouring rain. It was so much fun. On the way home the road had turned into a rushing river in some places. We just walked and talked and enjoyed our market purchases (ground nuts for me- that’s peanuts). We arrived at home just as it was getting dark and I saw- be still my beating heart- LIGHTS were on. NEPA (Nigerian Electrical Power Authority... or as the locals say... Never Expect Power Anytime) had provided our lights! Talk about the perfect end to a perfect day! I slept like a baby for 8 solid hours with my fan running at full speed, and a huge smile on my face.

4 Comments:

At November 13, 2004 at 8:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yo Angela
howdy once again from Texas. I will keep the comments about the Fall weather to myself...your story about the market visit was wonderful ...it is funny how our perspective changes when we must do without something as basic as electricity or even transportation (car) to the local market.... I wish God's blessing on you in the absence of our toys, phones, cars, and whistles...Hang in there my friend.... larry and rhea

 
At November 15, 2004 at 1:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yo Unya Ocha ("white lady" in case I misspelled it..don't mean to call ya a white turkey or somethin sim) How's it goin Angela??...rainy an wet over here..your trip to the market story was "awe"some. If ya get a chance email us and i will visit with you a bit longer....i realize that something that seems quite insignigficant over here can be quite a task over there...for me walking without falling is quite a task..oh well the good Lord seems to let me get up each time....shouldn't complain..........larry and rhea

 
At November 16, 2004 at 6:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ang,
I LOVE this story. What a memorable trek to the market. It's endearing how they cally you "Aunty". Is that just how they pronounce your name? Or an endearment? or both? 8 hours of solid sleep! Wow! Now that's a miracle, huh? Keep the posts coming...
We love you!! Caroline, Tommy, Rita & Gino

 
At November 16, 2004 at 6:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ang,
I LOVE this story. What a memorable trek to the market. It's endearing how they cally you "Aunty". Is that just how they pronounce your name? Or an endearment? or both? 8 hours of solid sleep! Wow! Now that's a miracle, huh? Keep the posts coming...
We love you!! Caroline, Tommy, Rita & Gino

 

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